Origin of tripping
- a projecting object mounted on a moving part for striking a control lever to stop, reverse, or otherwise control the actions of some machine, as a milling machine or printing press.
- a sudden release or start.
- an instance or period of being under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug, especially LSD.
- the euphoria, illusions, etc., experienced during such a period.
- any stimulating or exciting experience: The class reunion was a real trip.
- any intense interest or preoccupation: She's been on a nostalgia trip all week.
- a period of time, experience, or lifestyle: Those early years in college were a bad trip.
verb (used without object), tripped, trip·ping.
verb (used with object), tripped, trip·ping.
- to break out (an anchor) by turning over or lifting from the bottom by a line (tripping line) attached to the anchor's crown.
- to tip or turn (a yard) from a horizontal to a vertical position.
- to lift (an upper mast) before lowering.
Origin of trip1
Synonyms for trip
Related Words for trippingtopple, tumble, skip, slide, slip, stumble, canter, play, plunge, misstep, founder, buck, spring, lapse, miscalculate, disconcert, lurch, confuse, sprawl, lope
Examples from the Web for tripping
Contemporary Examples of tripping
Twice in our conversations, which spanned two days this past week, the actors started joking about tripping on acid.How Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Pulled Off Their Most Dramatic Roles Yet
September 12, 2014
You would think that watching fireworks while tripping would make for some pretty excellent visions, no?Spirit Tripping With Colombian Shamans
August 24, 2014
We could find Waldo anywhere while tripping—like beneath a fingernail or inside our eyelid.Hey, Pot Smokers, Your Kids Know You’re Stoned
May 1, 2013
Tripping up the steps on the way to receiving your first Oscar only reinforced your likability.Best 2013 Oscar Moments: Red Carpet, Anne Hathaway & More (VIDEO)
February 25, 2013
Aubry is tripping but for Martinez to beat him up like that is just ugly for all sides.Halle Berry’s Custody Fight Gets Physical
November 29, 2012
Historical Examples of tripping
Yes, there was Miss Lucindy, tripping happily across the level field.Meadow Grass
But he burst out again, tripping over words in his excitement.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
He is so superior a person that to catch him tripping is a peculiar pleasure.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
She had tripping steps and dainty kicks that went well with the melody.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
I asked, tripping up a clerk who was flying through the hallway.Lords of the North
A. C. Laut
- any catch on a mechanism that acts as a switch
- (as modifier)trip button
verb trips, tripping or tripped
- to activate (a mechanical trip)
- trip a switchto switch electric power off by moving the switch armature to disconnect the supply
Word Origin for trip
late 14c. (implied in tripper), "tread or step lightly, skip, caper," from Old French tripper "strike with the feet" (12c.), from a Germanic source (cf. Middle Dutch trippen "to skip, trip, hop," Low German trippeln, Frisian tripje, Dutch trappen, Old English treppan "to tread, trample") related to trap.
The sense of "strike with the foot and cause to stumble" is first recorded early 15c. Meaning "to release" (a catch, lever, etc.) is recorded from 1897; trip-wire is attested from 1916. Related: Tripped; tripping.
"act or action of tripping," 1650s, from trip (v.); sense of "a short journey or voyage" is from 1690s, originally a nautical term, the connection is uncertain. The meaning "psychedelic drug experience" is first recorded 1959 as a noun; the verb in this sense is from 1966, from the noun.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trip
- triple threat
- trip the light fantastic
- trip up
- bad trip
- ego trip
- round trip